The Answer to Hopelessness

4: I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
— Psalms 34:4, 19

When I watched Datelines special on the terrorist truck assault in Nice, France some of the people’s faces said it all. I got to thinking about today’s America and the world we live in and how desperate people are for hope. Terrorist attacks all over the world, suicide, murder, drug use, lawlessness, alcoholism have become everyday events. What about the depression, despair, and discouragement filling the hearts of many individuals who see their lives worthless and their circumstances hopeless? Listen folks, people are looking for an escape from the problems that are draining hope from their lives.

What really worries me is there seems to be a growing tendency to give up, and to give in. People are crumbling under the pressures of everyday life and it’s causing people to bail out of relationships, jobs, leadership positions, and commitments, church, etc. Retreating in defeat may seem to be the easy way out but it’s the long way to recovery and fulfillment because it only provides a temporary fix to a deeper problem. Remember the old saying, a band aide will only hide burned skin, it can never restore it. That’s because burns heal from the inside out. Same thing is true with those who try to run from a hopeless situation or life. People can ease the pain of their hopelessness for a time with human efforts, but true and lasting healing cannot begin until we recognize that Jesus is the Great Physician, and He alone knows how to heal our pain. Only Jesus has the prescription for our healing that will have a lasting effect.

We can’t talk about hopeless situations without bringing up Job. Job was a man who had every reason to lose his hope and forsake the God who had once showered his life with blessings. In one day his 10 children were killed, his servants were murdered, and his sheep and oxen were stolen by raiding enemies. After going through all these tragic events, Job fell to the ground in worship . . . and said, "The Lord giveth and the Lord has taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:20). What an amazing testimony Job had. Even facing the greatest trials of his life, he still offered praise to God because He knew God was sovereign, in control. Later after his friends unjustly rebuked him, his wife criticized him, and his body was afflicted with painful boils, he said, "Though He [God] slay me, yet I will hope in Him." Job had purposed in his heart to put His hope in God. And he was right to hope in God. Because of His faith, Job's family and fortune were later restored to him. Our text this morning says, "I sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears . . . A righteous man may have many troubles; but the Lord delivers Him from them all." Praise God!

I may be talking-to someone this morning who may be walking through a dry and desolate desert. You may be traveling though the most barren wasteland, or the darkest wilderness you have ever experienced, but do not lose hope. Remember it is only in the dark that you can see the stars. You may not be able to realize it now, but God wants to restore and renew your hope. Trust Him and don't listen to the devil's lies that your situation will never change. The only thing that never changes is God and since He promises to provide for all your needs and deliver you from all your fears He will prove Himself faithful. The one thing you can count on is that God will never fail to keep His promises to you. The words Jesus spoke, “Never the less, not my will but thine be done” has helped me to understand that what seems to be a hopeless situation can be God having his will for my good and His glory. With Jesus the best is always yet to come. God Bless!